why this product

This steel digging fork is made with the same materials used in aircraft construction and Nascar chassis. The fork head is imported from Austria, while the handle is manufactured in New Jersey by a second-generation family business.  The large, tubular D-handle is comfortable in your hands, even when you’re pushing into the earth. The long, tapered and pointed tines of the forged steel head penetrate easily to loosen and rake soil, and have a painted coating for extra protection. Frequent use of the digging fork aids in self-sharpening and prevents rusting. The forks are handmade one at a time in New Jersey in the same factory since 1964. They follow the original designs from the company’s founder. All leftover steel is recycled and reused to maximize materials and minimize waste. 

use & care

Store in a dry place to prevent rusting. Apply metal lubricant to the fork if desired. If rust develops, use our Extra Fine Steel Wool Pad to slough it off. Frequent use of the tool will help to discourage rust. With regular handling, some areas of the digging fork will develop a unique patina that will also inhibit rust.

production & design

This decades-old company is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2014. Its founder, Walter Lesche, immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1952, and worked in the welding and machine shop of a frozen food processing plant. Chasing the American dream, he eventually opened Walt's Welding out of his garage a few years later. In the late 1970s, Walter began developing a spade with a replaceable blade and non-breakable all-steel handle. He later patented the innovation that allowed gardeners and backyard workers to “replace the blade, not the spade.” In addition to spades, the complete product line has grown to almost 100 different items for the horticultural and landscape industries. Since Walter's death in 2002, his children have taken up the mantle to continue producing innovative, long-lasting metal tools using their father’s patented formula for design and materials.

about the designer

Heavy-duty Steel Digging Fork

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Fabricated from airplane-quality steel and heat-treated for strength. Long, pointed tines efficiently penetrate, loosen and rake soil. Self-sharpening and rust-resistant with frequent use. Measures 3 ½ feet long. (more info)

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    Fork: 11 ½ inches long x 8 inches wide
    (29 cm x 20 cm)
    Overall length with fork tines: 42 inches (107 cm)
    Weight: 5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)


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  • Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283165

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  • This item ships directly from Kaufmann Mercantile in Brooklyn, NY
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  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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